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Dazhi River West Hub ship lock opens Monday
From:Shine  |  2020-06-29 21:29

An artist'srendition of the Dazhi River West Hub second line lock.

The DazhiRiver West Hub second line lock, the largest ship lock in the Yangtze Delta region, celebrated its completion on Monday.

It will be the largest inland river hub in Shanghai reaching the 1,000-ton level after official operation starts on July 1.

The ship lock will be the west terminal ofthe Dazhi-Luchaochannel, at the junction of Huangpu River andDazhiRiver in the Pudong New Area, as a key position of the city’s channel network.

Currently, channels connectingJiangsuandZhejiangprovinces includingthe Suzhou-Shanghai Outer Port Line,Hangzhou-Shanghai andChanghu-Shanghai Lines have almost finished construction.

The four-year project, undertaken by ShanghaiChengtouWaterway Construction Co, is designed with a passing capacity of 29 million tons per year.

Before the second-line ship lock, the old west lock built in 1979 only had a passing capacity of 12 million tons per year and a load limit of 300 tons, which could not serve current demand.

After it comes into operation, 1,000-ton/90 TEU inland container ships will be able to enter theLuchaoPort area from Huangpu River, at the same time benefiting the regional environment and flood control.

“The smooth navigation of the second line lock is a milestone for the city’s development, which will also back up the regional economy and ensure the operation safety,” saidZhangLin, deputy director of Shanghai Transportation Committee.

Ti Gong

The Dazhi River West Hub second line lock willbe the largest inland river hub in Shanghai after operation starts on July 1.

Ti Gong

A bird's eye view of the Dazhi River West Hub second line lock.